AIHHP Member wins top audiology award

Council Member and former Chair named hearing professional of the year

Rob Beiny receiving his trophy in Frankfurt

Hertfordshire hearing specialist and founder Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP) member Robert Beiny is celebrating after being named the Rayovac Audio Infos Audiologist of the Year for 2011.

Robert, who runs the Hearing Healthcare Practice in Harpenden, was chosen as the winner by a panel of the hearing industry’s leading figures.   He was nominated for the award by the mother of a 20-year-old girl who, with his support, has overcome years of problems to fulfil her dream of becoming a flight attendant.

Despite completing a travel and tourism course, she gave up her ambition to become a flight attendant at college after being told airlines would not hire someone with hearing aids.

This changed over a period of months starting in December 2010 when she first went to see Robert who spent time testing several hearing devices that she was happy with and which suited her cosmetically.  After eventually selecting a model that suited her hearing requirements, and with her self-confidence transformed, she went for several interviews as a flight attendant, before landing her dream job.

Her mother explains: “Six months ago my daughter was working in a pub, now she’s away from home in the final stages of her flight attendant training and has been hired by a national airline. The metamorphosis in her self confidence is fantastic.

“Robert deserves so much to be Audiologist of the Year and I cannot put into words how much my family owes him. He treated her as a person, not a patient, and told her very early on that she needed to concentrate on the hearing she has and not what she’s lost.”

Robert, who wins the award for the second time, said: “I’d like to thank the family for their support and in thinking of putting me forward for the award. I’m very happy to win and glad to see my patient has made so much progress with her new hearing aids and more importantly her life. I wish her every success in the future as a flight attendant.”

The win also marks a tremendous achievement for AIHHP and its membership, which has now provided a total of seventeen different award winners since the awards were launched just four years ago, including three of the four overall winners.  Other AIHHP members who received commendations in 2011, included; Jo Rae (The Hearing Healthcare Practice), Nick Chitty (Oxford Hearing Centre), Paul Scigala (Sound Advice Hearing Centre) and Vicki Skeels (The Hearing Care Centre).

AIHHP was established by eleven founder members in 1994 and is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellence within the UK Hearing Care profession.

AIHHP members provide a range of high quality services including hearing assessments, hearing aid provision, hearing protection and other specialised services relating to hearing.

Current Chair, Rob Davies commented; “Whilst being a fantastic testament to Rob’s skills as a hearing aid audiologist and his professionalism, it is also great news for AIHHP.  It shows that if someone visits an ‘AIHHP’ accredited hearing care centre, they can be sure that they will be provided with the best possible standards in hearing care available today.”

The Audiologist of the Year Award is run by Rayovac, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing aid batteries, in association with Audio Infos magazine

The award aims to recognise professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty for their patients. It is judged by a panel of experts and all submissions received by the judges are anonymous.

Gill Lacey, from Hearing Dogs said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Robert and, on behalf of the judging panel and theUK’s audiologists I’d like to congratulate him on his success.

“It was incredibly difficult to reach a decision, and a very close contest, as there were so many good stories but the winning story was very moving and demonstrated once again just what a dramatic impact hearing professionals can have on the lives of their patients.”

As the UK Audiologist of the Year, Robert Beiny was automatically entered in the European Audiologist of the Year award, where he was narrowly beaten into second place.

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